Trials of Eyeliner

Comes across all shy and coy, just another nancy boy

Typically, I’m terminally early for everything. It’s just part of my charm as a Leo. However, my inherit gay genes do temper that out for social functions to arrive at a fashionably late time.. which in most circles is still about 15 minutes ahead of typical Gay Time(tm).

I’ve noticed that, with a few exceptions, I’m usually a few weeks or months behind when it comes to finding the latest hot items on SL that actually match my style. Beyond just clothing, that goes into other items as well. So while I’m about 6 months late on this one, oh holy hell I’ve never been happier.

Thanks to Strawberry’s recent interview as part of her Men on the Grid series, I read that Ispachi had men’s mesh feet. So like a mosquito to a zapper, I went and picked up a pair. Before I get to them, though, lets take a moment to discuss men’s mesh feet.
Unedited below the calf to specifically show off the skin matching.
I’ve gone through 4 pairs so far from different designers. Each lovely in their own way, with color matching huds for nails and feet, resizing options or multiple sizes, and nice detailing. Each one of course has left me feeling a little wanting because you can never get it to match PERFECTLY and I can be a real pain when it comes to snotty little details sometimes. Two things were driving me the craziest- windlight and the “flat” color.  It seemed like when I changed the windlight setting, the feet no longer even closely matched my legs. It was like not even in the same color spectrum. And second, you’d have this beautifully textured leg and all of a sudden, like a smack in the face with a sauce pan, flat and no highlights. See, us guys don’t get the “appliers” from skin makers for our feet like you ladies are always gushing about so your skin matches perfectly. We have to match by hand/HUD.

Uphill
Both ways
In the snow

And then there was Ispachi.

Diarmuid Miklos has taken the male mesh foot to a new level and it absolutely kills me that I haven’t had these since they came out. Lets start with the package itself- 20 different sizes are included. 4 “body fat” sizes (0,5,10,15) for each of the 5 foot sizes (L,M,S,Ultra,XSmall). On top of that, he includes 8 different blending socks on a tattoo layer just in case you can’t get the blending to work via the HUD.. which I challenge you not to be able to do, especially if you read his oh holy hell to the max detailed instructions.

Not only does he include a ‘How To’ on getting the right RGB tone via the Developer menu in the viewer, but he also includes a notecard and a link to a constantly updated website full of Skin Makers and their skintones that directs you to which of the presets in the HUD to select and what RGB setting to apply on top of it.  Within a few clicks, and less than 10 minutes, I was wearing the correct foot with an almost seamless skinmatch.

Why is it almost? Because there’s no hair on the foot and my skin has bodyhair. Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve worn socks for the last *cough* years of my life so there’s not much left below the ankle anyway so.. yea, suck it up, buttercup.
ispachifeet2 (100% Unedited from the knee down. Different windlight setting to show the continual matching skintone)

The HUD is super easy, the directions are clear and clean, and the sizing is perfecto. There’s nothing I don’t like about these feet. In addition to the nails and skins adjustments, there’s also a ‘tattoo’ tab where you can put a tattoo on the top of the foot if you like. The selection is limited at the moment, but who knows, maybe we’ll get expansion packs 🙂

To directly answer the two issues I brought up earlier about previous feet- I stood there and went through windlight after windlight setting and my feet continued to match and if that wasnt enough, the texturing on the foot itself is so far away from flat. HIGHLY detailed and textured, with a little roughness to the heel, wrinkles and veins, its… just beautiful.
ispachifeet3                                                                                                                          
If you had told me yesterday that I would gush and spend an entire blog post extolling the virtues of a prim foot, I’d have smacked you in the head with a feather boa.

Toodles,

-N

Stealing directly from Berry’s post, here’s where you can find Ispachi:

Blog: Machinum.com
Ispachi blog: Ispachi.com
Plurk: Plurk.com/Dromineer
Flickr: Flickr.com/ispachi
Google+: gplus.to/diarmuidmiklos

Credits:

Hair: Fringe – CiC – Audrey (heavily Modified), Body – /wasabi pills/ – Orion – Night Shadow
Skin: Nivaro – James – Light Tone – Hairy – Shaven – Bald (Link goes to Demos)
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ – Silver Pale
Rings:  Rozoregalia – Gemma Ring&Nail 1
Tattoo: Fallen Gods – A Skin Story
Shorts: JOMO – Man’s Shorts
Feet: ISPACHI – Mesh Natural Men’s Feet – DEMO
Location: Sandalphon
Poses included in the Beach Set from Cheeky Pea. Picked it up at FaMESHed a few months ago.

7 thoughts on “Something’s afoot!

  1. brittainycollins says:

    smacks you in the head with a feather wrapped sauce pan.. then goes back to this little piggie went to market.. this little piggie stayed home!

  2. venkster says:

    say.. now I know who to have help me with my Ispachi feet. can’t get the darn things to work for me and it’s killing me. Epic foot fail.

    1. Wow, really? Out of all of the feet I’ve bought from other designers, Ispachi was the fastest and easiest. It helped I’m sure that he had my skin maker in his list but even before that, it was close and easy.

      1. venkster says:

        no, i’m making it up.. Yes of course. lol.. so i’ll review it all again, but couldn’t get a good match for the life of me.

  3. Petra Carpenter says:

    That would be your 42 years in this world wearing socks would it Nigel? XD
    Very nice feet though I have to say…we all need nice feet in SL as the ones you are born with suck big hairy apes.

  4. Diarmuid Miklos says:

    Cheers for blogging my feet, and I’m really glad you like them. The feet was a year’s work (exactly one year between creation and release date) and a lot of work went into trying to get something to work as easily as possible for guys as, like me I have no patience when it comes to matching stuff. And it is always a pleasure when I see reviews like these 🙂 I do hope to expand as time goes by, but of course there are some complications, but I’m hoping to overcome them.

    Again, thanks for the review. I really appreciate it 🙂
    Diarmuid

    1. You’re quite welcome, Diarmuid. Thanks for sharing your talent with SL!

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